THE BOY BAND PROJECT makes meteoric debut at Feinstein’s / 54 below
As nightclub numbers go down the road, The Boy Band Project can be a confusing proposition, if you allow it. With a name that evokes the days of our youth, when we were young and had a crush on boys in our twenties (or even teens), and with a set list made up of songs we don’t always admit to liking. , this bunch might look like a cover band that you can hire for your summer party, bachelorette party, or even wedding. The band’s performers are even Broadway actors adopting characters in their hour of ironic music as they wink at an audience that’s in on the joke and loving every minute. And while on paper it all reads like a musical or parody performance, The Boy Band Project doesn’t. The Boy Band Project is musical entertainment of an extremely complex and sophisticated nature … and on Sunday night they debuted at Feinstein’s, and it’s about time.
Although their regular appearances around town, on their website, and in their online videos feature many scantily clad guys with shiny muscle ripples and the sultry undertones that come with boy groups, when Travis Nesbitt, Kevin John Murray, Jesse JP Johnson and Christopher Brasfield took the 54 Below stage, they were fully dressed from wrist to neck, perhaps making some of their fans think, “Where’s the SKIN ?!” That disappointment didn’t last long, as the gold lamé jackets and ties were tear-off suits revealing plenty of arms, pecs and abs – and inspiring cheers and laughter from fans. But just because a group of singers are attractive isn’t the reason people go to nightclubs – beauty has to be backed by some talent, and that’s where The Boy Band Project gets its roots. backbone no matter how gorgeous the guys are. are.
Once you get past the band gimmick, once you’ve settled into the joke, you need to focus on the music. Yes, the playfulness of the “boy band” lasts throughout the show (thanks to the cast’s one hundred percent commitment to maintaining their characters from start to finish) and it’s a ride from smile to smile. minute … but singing! The dance! Have mercy. It takes so much effort, so much talent, so much repetition to perfect such tight harmonies (and dance moves), especially when a group is made up of strong singers of individual styles. Anyone who has ever seen and heard a choir or choir that cannot blend together knows the importance for singers to listen to their colleagues and adapt to improve the sound of the group, and each of the Sunday Night Boyz has mastered technique and tone intended for BBP. As individual as the characters they play, is how unique the vocal quality and talent of each actor is. Jesse most resembles a ’90s pop star, Kevin captures the essence of a crossover artist, Christopher is every r & b crooner of all decades, and Travis is the perfect leader, able to go anywhere the boyz or the group need him to. It’s a sound worthy of hearing and noting, praising and remembering, just like the boy bands that laid the foundation for the music industry that paved the way for the group’s creation. The BBP can laugh at the genre, wink at the audience, maybe sing covers, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously: they’re a band that does it all on its own. .
To that end, The Boy Band Project has, in recent years, started singing original material, something they should be doing more of. While it’s very satisfying to hear the BBP sing your favorite song from every band from The Four Seasons to One Direction (this writer’s personal favorite was “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”), it’s also gratifying to discover new tracks, and with singing and dancing skills like this, it’s a triple entertainment whammy, made especially special on Sunday when new Boy Band Project member Christopher Brasfield performed the debut performance of the group in the room where he also works as a janitor … in much more conservative clothes. A welcome addition to this group of many men who mingle and team up for every show, Mr. Brasfield was on fire at 54 Below, demonstrating vocal skills that elicited cries of disbelief and delight from the audience. For connoisseurs it was a real treat to witness this sort of homecoming, including this writer for whom the real surprise of the group was Jesse JP Johnson, who exhibits a particular spark that makes me rather sad to have missed his recent solo show. at The Green Room 42. Indeed, each of the men on stage Sunday night is talented enough to perform solo gigs all over town, and they probably will at some point, but there’s no reason why. ‘They haven’t been sticking with The Boy Band Project for a long time, bringing joy to the fans who fill the rooms they play in – and they fill those rooms. After viewing the Boy Band Project in two different venues with two different casts, this writer can vouch for his popularity with customers. Looks like where The Boy Band Project is going, so are people.
On Sunday evening, The Boy Band Project was joined for two numbers by the sensational Adrianna Mateo. See Ms. Mateo’s online presence HERE
Visit the Boy Band Project website HERE
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